Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol 6, No. 6. May 26, 1943
"Tonight I am hurling brickbats; last year I was dodging them," said Mr. D. Cohen, proposing the toast to the Exec. Our freedom here contrasted painfully with students in occupied territory. This war is not remote from us, but real and near as fascism is the deadly enemy of all culture and institutions such as ours. The Government has demonstrated its confidence in students by excusing many of them from military service. "The duty of students is to study; study as never before."
The Exec, as student leaders, should be aware of this position—their own criteria should be: for the war effort. The Exec. should rally the students, not wallow in their wake. How does the Exec. measure up? When will they put the war on their agenda? Ivory towers are of the past. Gone are the days when V.U.C. students can consider themselves apart from the trials, defeats and victories of the N.Z. people. I.S.S. days and parcels to soldier-students were moves in the right direction, Mr. Cohen stated, "therefore not in condemnation but in exhortation I give you 'The Executive.'"